Mt. Baldy won’t open for holidays

Facing financing difficulties, Mt. Baldy has been unable to get the lifts into operation for the Christmas holiday break.

Santa hasn’t come through for the skiers and other folks at Mt. Baldy this year and there will be no lifts open for the traditional Christmas holiday.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, Brent Baker, president of The Mt. Baldy Companies, announced that, while they do intend to open this season, they will not be able to fund and complete maintenance and certifications on the lifts in time.

“We have been working ceaselessly to overcome the challenges immediately before us in order to get open for the season,” Baker said in a release posted to their website (

“We continue to work on our financing and while we can’t guarantee it, we expect to be open in January and will operate, conditions permitting, into April. We have not conducted a season pass campaign to date, as we do not wish to take any money from anyone until we see a clear and reliable path to enabling operation through to the end of the season.

“We have been amazed at and remain eternally grateful for the support and goodwill that everyone has shown for the ski area. This has been a difficult time for everyone from day skiers, to cabin owners, to staff and shareholders. However, if we all hold on to a positive attitude, we believe it will just make the sliding all the more enjoyable once the bull wheels start turning!”

The release went on to state that, when they do open, rates will be set based on the date of opening and how much of the mountain is opened.

The ski hill operators ask that snowmobilers respect their license and stay off of the ski runs. “While the ski area is on Crown land, it is the responsibility potential liability of Mount Baldy Ski Corp,” said the release. “If unmanaged access becomes an issue, our insurer will require more controls to be put in place to prevent it or they can pull the insurance package, further diminishing our chance of opening, and jeopardizing our ability to get insurance in the future.”


Just Posted

Needles killer frightened many in our town: BC author

Roy Bugera disrupted life in a quiet Vancouver Island village before moving to Arrow Lakes

Video: MP hears pot, pipeline and politics concerns

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP hosts town hall forum in Penticton

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

BREAKING: B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

PHOTOS: Students exhibit stunning paper couture dresses

22 paper made gowns will be on display at Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre until March 27

BCHL Today: Prince George avoids elimination with game five win

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Suspect arrested and charged for assault on autistic man

Parmvir Chahil has strong B.C. ties; two others charged with accessory after the fact

Uber self-driving crash video calls safety, rules into question

Experts say footage shows that vehicle’s sensors should have spotted pedestrian, initiated braking

UPDATED: MPs Elizabeth May, Kennedy Stewart arrested at B.C. anti-pipeline protest

The demonstration is part of a day of action against the Trans Mountain expansion

Most Read